A Moment Of Sin by Icarus Title: A Moment of Sin Author: Icarus Rating: R Category: Romance (of a sort) Warnings: None Story Link:here Author’s Web Site:Icarus Slash Fiction Author’s LJ:icarusancalion Summary: Severus walks into a bar, in search of companionship.
Reviewer: Regan V
Some excellent fanfiction takes the JKR universe as read, and explores a particular pairing against that backdrop, focusing only on the relationship. But other authors are more ambitious, and try to flesh out aspects of JKR’s world that are unseen in canon. icarusancalion certainly falls into this second category: even her shortest pieces extend the edges of the Potterverse, imagining new parts of the wizarding world, complete with amusing, telling details.
In “Moment of Sin,” Snape feels mounting desire for Harry, but knows that he cannot risk exposing himself. So, he heads to a seamier part of Hogsmeade seeking to release some of that tension. What follows is a terrific depiction of wizarding prostitution, because Icarus really thinks through how the availability of magic would affect the sex trade, on every level. Snape wants to experience a particular kink (which I won’t give away), and the result is a thinking person’s hp erotica: clever, amusing, and arousing because of what is skillfully intimated.
I also like “Moment of Sin” because it explores (intelligently and delicately) Snape’s professional and sexual ethics, as well. Icarus gives us a Snape who is very much IC, but who is strongly committed to the students he’s adopted as his own, although his ethical system is rather idiosyncratic. But the story shows that a good teacher isn’t always warm and fuzzy, and how the student/teacher relationship can be both mutually beneficial and exploitative.